Barring any extensions after I publish this, there are a few interesting, if not block busting, names due to hit the open market. Let's have a quick 'pro/con' look at a few players, what they would potentially bring to a team on the build and then take a wild stab in the dark at what kind of contract they could be due.
Currently making 6.6mil.
Stastny is 28 right now, which plants him firmly in the Veteran group, but by no means in the twilight of a career. He's a consistent 20goal scorer, and good for a career average 0.85 points per game. More importantly his career 450 points consists of 294 assists (65%) which, for a team with a shortage of play making centers currently on roster, is a pleasing statistic. Stastny is currently serving as an Alternate Captain for the Avalanche.
As said above, Stastny is a little older, and brings with him the grand total of 2 trips to the post season and only 1 beyond the first round. Does this void his value as a player, most certainly not, but it is a factor. If you're investing in a player with a few miles on the clock you'd like those miles to have had value.
Bleacher report has their guess at around 6mil per over an unspecified term.
I'd look to match his current money over 5-6 years on the understanding he would be a leadership component of the transition from the rebuild in to the new generation and see if that's enough to get his agent calling back.
Currently making 4.275 mil.
He's a local ( Rochester ) which is always nice.At 29 Callahan is on the back end of the middle of his career, for a defensively minded forward this doesn't hold the same stigma that it might for a pure scoring forward. He's always around the 20 goal, 0.5 points per game mark which isn't astounding, but his current season would place him 3rd on the Sabres roster for total points, Goals and Assists. Third. A noted defensive forward Callahan is an effective penalty killer and second unit power play guy. On a team whose coach preaches effort ahead of pretty much everything else, The Former captain of the Rangers stands to become an instant 'leader by example' and could potentially have a hand in helping the maturation of players like Girgensons and Foligno.
Ryan Callahan is not an elite scoring talent but then, you're not paying him to be. He's a defensive presence and a leadership cornerstone. His age and experience will play in his favor, though it does expose a higher risk of extended injury because of exactly the style of physical defense first play he is known for.
I'd start at 5 mil per over 5 years and, as with Stastny, let it be known he is anticipated to be a leadership figure during the transition back to competitive relevancy and then haggle it out with his agent.
currently making 2.95mil
It's Steve Ott. let's move on.
Just give the man what he wants...
Well that's about all I could muster any interest for without mortgaging the development of the existing prospects. have at in the comments if I've omitted someone you feel warrants consideration.